FEBRUARY 2019 As signers of the Texas Compact on Immigration, we are committed to promoting common-sense immigration reforms that strengthen our economy and attract talent and business to our state.
We recognize the critical role immigration plays in driving economic growth, and therefore support bipartisan immigration solutions that ensure our federal system meets the needs of our labor market; find a solution for undocumented Texans who make vital contributions to our state’s economy; secure the border; and enforce our nation’s laws. We also support statewide policies that recognize the myriad economic contributions immigrants make as workers, students, taxpayers, and consumers. Texas’ immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.
We urge state leaders and our congressional delegation to adopt these three principles of the Texas Compact on Immigration to guide the immigration discussion in our state.
FEDERAL SOLUTIONS FOR OUR ECONOMY: To be truly competitive, Texas requires a federal immigration system that attracts global talent and investment and creates jobs in our state. We urge the Texas congressional delegation to support reforms to our legal immigration system that provide for enough legal workers across the skills spectrum to meet employer needs. Any such solution must protect our national borders through new enforcement technology, while also creating a pathway to legal status or citizenship for the roughly 1.8 million undocumented immigrants in the state who contribute $1 billion in state and local taxes, and, in particular, Texas Dreamers and TPS holders.
IN-STATE TUITION: Texas has a long and proud tradition of embracing immigrants and leading the country in bipartisan, common-sense immigration policies. We urge state leaders to protect tuition equity and continue to offer in-state tuition to all Texas high school graduates who want to continue their education and contribute their talents to our vibrant Texas economy.
COMPETITIVE COMMUNITIES: We understand the communities that grow and attract talent are the ones who are welcoming to all. We support local policies that ensure all residents have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.
Abilene Chamber of Commerce
Amegy Bank of Texas
Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
Austin Tech Alliance (ATA)
Austin Technology Council
Azarmehr Law Group (ALG)
Ballinger Chamber of Commerce
Barshop Ventures, LLC
Bestway Oilfield, Inc.
The Borderplex Alliance
Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing
Community Health Choice
Conn's Home Plus
Corridor Title, LLC
Dallas Regional Chamber
El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Financial Casualty & Surety, Inc
Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
Globe Products Co.
Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce
Greater Houston Partnership (GHP)
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Hendler Flores Law, PLLC
HMS Holdings Corp.
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Kiley Literary Legacies, LLC
Lawn Management Company, Inc (LMC)
Legacy Community Health
Longview Chamber of Commerce
McAllen Chamber of Commerce
Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
North Texas Commission
Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.
Plano Chamber of Commerce
Pottsboro Area Chamber of Commerce
RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Rio City Land Development LLC
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce
TAS Commercial Concrete
Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy
Texas Association of Business (TAB)
Texas Association of Dairymen
Texas Business Leadership Council (TBLC)
Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association
Texas International Produce Association
Texas Poultry Federation and Affiliates
Texas Retailers Association
Texas Shrimp Association
Tricolor Auto Group
United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce (UCCCC)
The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Houston-The Woodlands & Gulf Coast Chapter (USMCOCGC)
Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce
CEO, Mesa SW Management LP
Executive Director, National Association of Minority Contractors
HR Manager, Flex-N-Gate
General Manager, Flex-N-Gate
Hector de J Ruiz
Owner, ANSI Capital, LLC
Justice Retired; Co-Founder Enoch Kever PLLC
Partner in Charge, Jones Day
Former CEO, Seton Healthcare
Chairman, Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Business Development, Key Construction
President and CEO, Citation Oil and Gas Corp.
Shareholder, Cowles & Thompson
Alex López Negrete
President and CEO, Lopez Negrete Communications
Former President, Shell Oil Company
Jose Luis Prado
Chairman and CEO, Evans Food Group
Chairman Emeritus, Exelon
President, El Ranchito Restaurants
Co-Founder, Crate and Barrel
CEO, Molex and Board of Directors, Koch Industries
Ken G. Wincorn
Founder, the Law Offices of Kenneth G. Wincorn